• Striker needs to be sold on club’s future first
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Mikel Arteta is optimistic that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will sign a new contract at Arsenal but accepts his captain needs to be sold on the club’s plans for the future before committing to an extended stay.

Aubameyang’s deal expires next summer and he recently told French media that, while talks with Arsenal had taken place, no fresh offer has been forthcoming. He turns 31 on Thursday and suggested he faces a “very difficult decision” but Arteta, who said before the Covid-19 shutdown that he wants to keep the striker “under any circumstances”, believes a resolution is in sight as long as his ambitions can be satisfied.

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